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Tips and secrets on how to buy a used car

Updated on January 25, 2016

Buying a car can be difficult

The question of buying a car is a great deal for everybody. No matter whether we want to buy a new or a used car, the decision may be difficult. Most of the people have no idea which car they want to buy until they see and 'fall in love' with one. Those, who can afford a new car, have easier work to do, because they can buy new cars directly from a car dealer. But those, who have less money, have more options to choose the car they want. In the followings those people will find some good ideas on how and where to find their perfect used car for sale and what to do after they have found it and want to make a deal.

Where to look?
Where to look? | Source

Places, where you can find the used car you want to buy

First of all, I have to mention that there are many options available both offline and online to find your future car. In the newspapers there are many free classifieds that can be useful for you, but those are few in number and the place for the ad is limited so it is shorter and less detailed than the online classifieds. So I must hearten you to hop online and search the internet for your car.
An available place to search is a search engine like Google or Yahoo where you can enter your keywords and look only for ads that contain those.
Another nice place for your search is a specific website that offers a wide range of free classifieds online. These ads are not that limited and can contain much more detail about the car offered for sale.
You can even look for used cars for sale on the websites of car dealers, because most of the dealers offer not only new cars for sale, but used cars as well.
No matter what you choose, the only thing that is important:
Never buy a car before you have seen it and made a complete vehicle inspection!

Car dealers or private parties?
Car dealers or private parties? | Source

Dealers or private parties?

It is hard to decide whether to buy your used car from car dealers or directly from private parties. In my opinion, it is not a big deal. If you have found the car that will be perfect for you at a car dealer, then buy it from them. Or if you have found it in a classified of a private party then buy it over there. But! I advise you to call the advertiser and ask them a few questions about the car to make sure you will not make an unnecessary trip to see the car with your own eyes before you buy it.

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Questions to ask before making a trip to see the car

In the following list you can see some questions you possibly want to ask before making a trip to see the car. It is not necessary to ask each question, but the more you ask, the better you get to know the condition of the car.

  • What is the exact price of the car?
  • Has the car ever been involved in an accident?
  • Are there any damages on the car?
  • How many miles are on the car?
  • What is the reason you want to sell this car?
  • Can I see more pictures about it?
  • Can I have the car inspected independently?

Do not think that the inspection of the car is unnecessary. It is always advised to have the car checked by a professional, because there can be many inner damages that cannot be seen by a layman. Automobile safety must be very important to everybody.
Maybe this whole process seems to be very long, and many tend to lose enthusiasm, but it is your interest to buy only the car that is in the best condition.

Never forget: vehicle inspection!
Never forget: vehicle inspection! | Source

Vehicle inspection in practice - Video

So what should I do?

To sum it up, let's see the most important things you have to do when you want to buy a used car:

  • Look for advertisements that offer the car you possibly want to buy;
  • Do not stick to the first ad you see, read many classifieds;
  • Choose ads only with pictures;
  • When you have chosen a car, call the seller;
  • Ask multiple questions about the car;
  • If the car still seems OK, then make a trip to see it with your own eyes;
  • Inspect the car personally, and then take it to an independent professional to have the car checked;
  • If everything is OK with the car, then make a deal and enjoy your new car! :)

Congratulations on your new car!
Congratulations on your new car! | Source

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    • zsobig profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you very much, I will try :)

    • carzone profile image


      7 years ago from Singapore

      Useful tips, and I like your hub. Keep the good job my friend.


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